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. >> quickly, senator, have you had any assurances outside of this confirmation hearing with mr. brennan? have you had any assurances from the administration that your request for more information, for more transparency will be met? >> the president certainly indicated he is committed to that. in fact, in our conversation on wednesday night when he called to say that he was going to reverse course, make these documents available, and i said i was encouraged by that, he said he was going to begin an extensive discussion with the american people on these issues to look at fleshing out how to play the public into the discussion of the guidelines with respect to modern warfare where we can both protect our nation and be true to our principles and our checks and balances. i think that would be very helpful right now to have that discussion. >> ron wyden, member of the senate intelligence committee, thanks for your time. >> thank you. >>> a check on how wall street will close out the week is up next in the market rundown. and a live picture here of milford, connecticut. we're keeping a close eye on
. at the wilson center last april, mr. brennan said drone strikes are legal, ethical and wise. >> i stand here as someone who has been involved with our nation's security for more than 30 years. i have a profound appreciation for the truly remarkable capabilities of our counterterrorism professionals and our relationships with other nations. and we must never compromise them. i will not discuss the sensitive details of any specific operation today. i will not, nor will i ever, publicly divulge sensitive intelligence sources is and methods, for when that happens, our national security is endangered, and lives can be lost. at the same time, we reject the notion that any discussion of these matters is a step onto a slippery slope that inevitably endangers our national security. too often that fear can become an excuse for saying nothing at all which creates a void that is then filled with myths and falsehoods. that, in turn, can erode our credibility with the american people and with foreign partners, and it can undermine the public's understanding and support for our efforts. in contrast, presid
it as terrorist attack, and that was my view. >> and mr. brennan, who is going to be having a hearing later today that i won't be attending. i consider him to be one of the foremost intelligence experts around with twenty or twenty five years experience. would you agree with that? >> yes, indeed. >> he stated to me and will state again this afternoon the same thing you just said. that we realized at that moment it was a planned terrorist attack. now, the only question i want to ask you i'll ask you for an answer now and i doubt if you'll have a good answer. but after that i'd like to have you think about it and give an answer for the record. that is with everyone agreeing including the secretary clinton that right after this took place, that was in fact a planned terrorist attack. how in the world could ambassador rice say, quote, the information this is five days later -- the information the best information and the best assessment we have to date is that in fact this was not a preplained premeditated attack. >> no. again, i mean, i was not involved in the talking points. that were presented to
government is as nontransparent as this. >> tomorrow mr. john brennan is set to come to capitol hill for a senate confirmation hearing to potentially become the next director of the c.i.a. he was president obama's number one counterterrorism advisor oz the drone program grew and he'll likely get lot of questions about this secret memo. so yesterday the white house explained how drone strikes against american citizens can help protect the homeland. >> we have acknowledged, the united states, that sometimes we use remotley piloted aircraft to conduct targeted strikes against specific al-qaeda terrorists in order to prevent attacks on the united states and to save american lives. we conduct those strikes because they are necessary to mitigate ongoing actual threats, to stop plots, prevent future attacks and save american lives. the strikes are legal. they are ethical and they are wise. >> the only time president obama has ordered a strike against an american citizen that we know about was back in 2011 when anwar al-awlaki and kahn were killed in yemen. >> brian: his son was killed, too.
to transparency demand nothing less. >> reporter: late wednesday, mr. obama directed that the house and senate intelligence committees be given a classified memo on drone strikes abroad. it lays out the legal rationale for targeting american terrorism suspects. brennan has helped manage the program. oregon democrat ron wyden had pressed for release of the memo. he went directly to the issue during his first pass at questioning brennan. >> what should be done next to ensure that public conversation about drones so american people are brought into debate and have full understand what rules the government is going to observe when it conducts targeted killings. >> this hearing is one of the i think there is a misimpression on some of the am people that we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there is no other alternative to taking an action that's going to mitigate that threat. so we need to make sure there's an understanding, and the people that were standing up here today.
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